by Ellie Jakeman January 13, 2021
Watercolour pencils differ greatly from non-watercolour pencils. The difference is in the binder that holds the pigment. Whereas normal coloured pencils have a waxy or oil based binder, watercolour pencils have a water-soluble binder offering a wide variety of application from dry to wet. Once the colour has been laid down and water added, the vivid and vibrant hues are released, dissolving into beautiful washes or deep areas of colour.
Watercolour pencils are one of the most versatile mediums for illustrators, urban sketchers, designers, fashion designers and painters. They are also a perfect medium to use for mixed media studies. They are an excellent medium for beginners, amateurs and Professionals!
They enable draughtsmanship quality detail with the subtleties of watercolour when used in washes, or they can provide a kaleidoscope of vivid and bold colours dry or wet when layered. They can maintain the luminosity of watercolours whilst also providing an optional opaque quality.
They are portable, versatile and convenient, clean and easy to use indoors and outdoors. They are immediate with no prior preperation needed other than some watercolour paper (any paper above 90gsm in weight) a sharpener, a clean brush and a little water. They are easier to use, control and handle than just brushes and paint.
Artists and designers can use them wet and dry or combine them with other mediums such as;
Additional resources you may want to use with watercolour pencils;
I have had a strong interest in the visual and creative arts since a very early age. I completed with great success ‘A’ level Fine Art, Textile and Embroidery City and Guilds, Foundation Diploma in Fine Art, (BA hons) Degree in Embroidery and Textiles from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield. I have taught Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Textile design and Fine Art print and Illustration for over 20 years. Before teaching I was a freelance artist and illustrator and decided 4 years ago I would return to freelance and commissioned work. I have created many domestic and commercial murals for hospitals and hospices. I work part time for ARTdiscount as a content creator and product tester.
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